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By: gunter habets 2 months ago permalink

Following up on 3 gigs at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles in 1991 and 1992 respectively, Fugazi returned to this historic, Art Moderne theater on Sunset Boulevard once again - and as it turns out, for the last time - in the spring of 1993, performing on no less than three consecutive nights.
Between these three 1993 concerts, an impressive total of 47 different songs were played, featuring the complete Repeater (including the 3 Songs 7") and In On The Kill Taker albums (note a rare live rendering of 23 Beats Off). In fact, the Steady Diet of Nothing album nearly gets the full live treatment as well, with only Polish missing here. Other than that, you get 5 out of 7 songs from the original 7 Songs EP (Bulldog Front and Bad Mouth did not make the cut), as well as 5 out of 6 songs from the Margin Walker EP, but let’s make that a full 6 since the band did play Reprovisional, which basically boils down to the song Provisional with dual guitar arrangements.

By: gunter habets 3 months ago permalink

As to the first of these recordings, I will be quite brief, since the quality of the recording does not really hit home for me. The vocals are too low in the mix for my taste and the bass pretty much sounds like a continuous drone during most of the recording. As such, this bootleg looses most of its appeal for me personally, even though I can well imagine this particular night in time must have been a blast for all those fortunate enough to attend.
For the record, I think it is interesting to note that Ian interrupts this gig during Instrument, in an attempt to pinpoint the person responsible for hurling a shoe and hitting him in the head. Also, it can be mentioned that the Long Division - Blueprint combo, a returning feat of the Fugazi live repertoire, makes a reversed appearance here.

By: gunter habets 3 months ago permalink

As to the recording of the appearance on the following night (see FLS #0528), it can be noted that the audio quality is really good, with the exception of some annoying sonic discrepancies marring bits of the introductory remarks (during which Ian still vents some of his anger following the shoe incident mentioned above), Great Cop, Stacks, or Reprovisional.
Overall, the band delivers a strong performance, although maybe not quite as obliterating as the Roseland Ballroom gigs later that year in my opinion. Still, out of 22 songs total, highlights are plenty.
23 Beats Off, a Kill Taker track which has rarely been played live, lights this show up for me personally. Note that the sonic purge at the end of the song is cut short compared to the official studio take, but merges seamlessly into the bee-humming opening chords of Exit Only. Drawn out, great live renderings of the live staples Promises and Suggestion, follow suit shortly after. Last Chance for a Slow Dance and Sweet and Low (vaguely labelled Instrumental after downloading) definitely stand out in my book as well.
Also, aside from a fair number of comments addressing the issue of crowd-surfing and people throwing stuff, this recording features some enjoyable banter. A couple of chunky chords into Merchandise, Ian confides, “You know, this goes out to all these fucking guys, they’re standing outside, this is some stupid shit, these guys, bootleg guys, selling perhaps the worst looking T-shirts I have ever fucking seen”, followed by Guy, “Their theory is, if your mouth is open, you should put something in it”, and Ian concluding, “Close your fucking mouths.”

By: gunter habets 3 months ago permalink

Before blasting through Great Cop, Ian mentions, “There was this band called Black Flag, who were like this fucking… in 1980 and 1981 were like totally redefining everything in my world for me or something like that, they had a great song called Police Story, it’s a really cool song, this song is not really about police, but it is called, [raising his voice and screaming out] You’d make a great cop, you fucking pig!”
Easing into a great live version of Last Chance for a Slow Dance, Guy quietly puts in a challenging request, “Sorry to bust up the party, but this is gonna be a really slow and sad song, so you can either run around in a circle, really fast, or, you can turn to the person on your left, and ask them to have a slow dance with you, so what do you think, if that wouldn’t fuck you up too bad, why don’t you try it.”
Finally, introducing Keep Your Eyes Open, Ian adds, “I guess last week you guys had cops and army guys on every fucking block”, referring to the circumstances surrounding the April 17, 1993 federal jury verdict convicting a police sergeant and an officer for their involvement in the Rodney G. King beating (we are 22+ years on as I write this and the song, unfortunately, has not lost a shred of its poignancy).
To conclude my observations related to the (second) show, it can be noted that Instrument is mislabelled as By You in the set list.

By: gunter habets 3 months ago permalink

That leaves us with the recording of the show on the third consecutive night (see FLS #0529), probably my favourite out of these three, since I think the set list has a slightly better flow to it and the encore not only features the instrumental Steady Diet but also another powerhouse rendering of Glueman to pull out all the stops.
The sound quality is up to par with the second night, perhaps even better, with few audio glitches to spoil the experience (sonic anomalies unfortunately do take most of the fun out of an otherwise energetic version of Waiting Room).
21 songs make an appearance, pressed for favourites I might go with Brendan #1 (which immediately sets the tone for Brendan’s incredible talent behind the kit), Dear Justice Letter, And The Same, Nice New Outfit into Reclamation, Shut The Door (which clocks in at 9 ½ minutes and would have made a phenomenal apotheosis as it is), and the whole encore.
Other than that, it is worth noting that Brendan and Joe lay out some of the early instrumental groundwork of the 1995 Red Medicine track Back to Base during the first interlude. During the third interlude, addressing another Minor Threat request, Ian bellows out in Full Metal Jacket fashion, “Sir, Sir! We’re not gonna play Minor Threat! No! Sir! Minor Threat broke up in 1983, Sir! You are living in the past, Sir! Sir, beg your pardon, we will not follow your orders tonight, Sir!” And introducing the song Cassavetes, Guy shares he “had a great fortune to go to the movies about two years ago, they were showing this movie called ‘A Woman Under The Influence’ and it was the single greatest movie I have ever seen, and this is a song about a supremely fucking cool person who made that movie."

By: shaynee gordy almost 4 years ago permalink

ah my god the show with fluf! so good! what great days for live shows.

By: Chris Fahey about 4 years ago permalink

Stood side stage for this one, as I was schlepping gear for Fluf.
Fucking brilliant and I am psyched to hear it when it is uploaded.

Insane undertaking with this live stuff...
Great job gentlemen.

By: Jeremy about 4 years ago permalink

I don't have any comments on it, but I have a FUCK load of good memories from the show...

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Fugazi Live Series FLS0527 Fugazi Los Angeles, CA USA 4/23/93

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Show Date:
 Hollywood Palladium
Door Price:
Played with:
 Fluf, Truman's Water
Recorded by
 Joey Picuri
Mastered by
 Warren Russell-Smith
Original Source:
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Instrument interrupted by a shoe to Ian's face!

Play Sample Track
1. Intro
2. Joe #1
3. Styrofoam
4. Walken's Syndrome
5. Facet Squared
6. Turnover
7. Interlude 1
8. And The Same
9. Latin Roots
10. Interlude 2
11. Instrument
12. Rend It
13. Interlude 3
14. Song #1
15. Burning
16. Interlude 4
17. Burning Too
18. Smallpox Champion
19. Returning The Screw
20. Blueprint
21. Long Division
22. Encore
23. Two Beats Off
24. Shut The Door

Please Note: Available recordings have been mastered to correct for volume shifts, drop outs, etc. but some sonic anomalies will still exist, especially early in the set when the mix is being settled. The band has rated each show for sound quality and set the general price of a download at $5 per show. If you have a different price in mind feel free to utilize the alternative pricing option.